Invitation-only grants for organizations to maintain staff and keep their doors open during and beyond the pandemic.View Full Guidelines
As a Regional Arts Organization, South Arts is committed to the sustainability of arts organizations and recognizes the devastating impact that the COVID-19 pandemic is having on the Southern arts community. South Arts will again offer a limited number of grants to arts and cultural organizations based in our nine-state region to help sustain operations during or after the pandemic. The goal of this grant is sustainability – helping organizations to maintain their staff and keep their doors open. Our hope is to ensure the viability of arts and cultural organizations when leverage and impact are most critical to the larger arts community. For this effort, we are supporting arts advocacy and arts accessibility organizations. In addition, we are partnering with the State Arts Agencies in our region and offering supplemental grants to arts organizations in rural communities and Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) serving and led arts organizations. These invitation-only grants help us leverage our support to the region in a meaningful way and they demonstrate our commitment to increase our collective impact in the South.
This grant program supports South Arts’ mission of advancing Southern vitality through the arts and aligns with the following goal from South Arts’ strategic plan:
The following is a top-level list of the main eligibility requirements necessary to be considered for a Sustainability Grant. Please refer to the full list of eligibility requirements in the program's Guidelines.
A full list of eligibility criteria and other project requirements is provided in the guidelines below.
Applications from arts advocacy and arts accessibility organizations are reviewed and funding adjudications are made using the following criteria to evaluate each application:
In addition to organizational information, you will need to provide a brief narrative addressing the following:
All grant applications must be submitted online using the eGrant system. If your organization is new to our eGrant system, we recommend that you visit the site early to create your account and become familiar with the system. Complete your application in eGrant and upload the required materials (if applicable). Applicants will be notified of funding approval by email within 3 weeks of application submission. For assistance, contact Nikki Estes at 404-874-7244 ext. 16.
South Arts strictly adheres to deadlines and will NOT accept applications that are late or incomplete. Deadlines are not extended due to inclement weather. Applicants must agree to the applicable Contract Terms of Agreement, Assurance of Compliance, and Federal Suspension and Debarment Requirements prior to submission. Please visit Manage Your Grant to the review the grantee responsibilities.
This grant program is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts’ American Rescue Plan (ARP). ARP funds are intended to help support organizations and jobs in the arts sector that have been impacted by the pandemic.
After reviewing program guidelines, log in to eGrant to apply for a Sustainability Grant, edit an application in process, and submit any required reports.Log in to eGrant
Review recipient terms and conditions, download the appropriate logos, access final reporting requirements, and more.Manage Your Grant
For questions about Sustainability Grants, contact program director Nikki Estes.Contact Us